First- We travelled through a area that is called Red Canyon. At first I thought we had arrived at Bryce Canyon. I would have been happy with that. We spent about half an hour in this area taking a few pictures and enjoying the scenery. What amazes me about these special places is- you can be driving along and all that you can see for miles is low lying shrubs and tall pine trees, and all of a sudden, you come around a corner and low and behold, its like you have arrived some how in a different scene in a movie.
This big guy was sitting on the railing waiting for a free hand out that never came.
In order for the trees to petrify, they had to be buried quickly with mud and silt to eliminate oxygen which would cause them to deteriorate. Ground water rich in silicon dioxide and other chemicals would saturate the buried trees. The reds, browns and yellows result primarily from compounds of iron, while manganese and other minerals account for the purples and dark blues. Through a mineralization process on the cellular level, and by silicon dioxide acting as a cementing agent, the wood became petrified. This process took millions of years!
This is the top of that same log. So shinny/smooth and hard. After that I took a couple more pictures and we headed home.